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Grateful Dead Live at Civic Auditorium on 1970-03-07

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Grateful Dead Live at Civic Auditorium on 1970-03-07

Topics Live concert

Black Peter, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider > High Time, tuning & New Speedway Boogie tease, Dire Wolf Not Fade Away > drums > Good Lovin' > > The Other One > Not Fade Away > Turn On Your Lovelight

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Civic Auditorium
Location Santa Monica, CA

Source Audience
Taped by
Transferred by Hanno Bunjes and Uli Teute


low-gen AUD; shn'ed by Hanno Bunjes, with thanks to Uli Teute for the AUD source; Hanno's notes


Reviewer: Niass200 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2016
Subject: Charlie works for me
oh wait, was he even born yet? I heard John mayer saw this when he was utero and instantly planned for Albany NY cause he grew up there and wanted to egg his neighbors house for something or other from 7th grade yes I read it in an old Bob Weir authored article in the Saturday evening post from may 19, 77.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2012
Subject: Yeah,
it's a cloudy recording and it's chopped up, but what a freakin' show!
Reviewer: secret8476 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2012
Subject: Great show
This is a nice aud. show worth a listen for sure. No the audio isn't great but like other people have said - very listenable.
Also- to the 5/31/09 poster - check out Tristudios. It's Bobby's project and it is free. He is not a money monger. While it is a bit annoying that every good '69-'72 show gets commercially released, there is SO much free content out there to enjoy as well. Im gonna give this show a solid 4 star rating.

~ Let the good times roll
Reviewer: NYLifer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2010
Subject: Not Too Bad
A real gem of a find. Fairly good 1970 audience recording from 1970. Might be my new favorite Black Peter too!
Reviewer: abbaofthree - - March 7, 2010
Subject: Perspective
I'm listening to this concert, rated three stars, and remembering the first time I heard a bootleg tape of a Dead concert in 1970, the sense of exhilaration and transcendence that came from listening to the ethereal riffs, the altered state of consciousness inherent in the music. I never thought I would be lucky enough ---actually, blessed enough-- to here anything like it ever again. And now, thanks to this Archive, I come into my office each morning, and pick the earliest concert I can.
I understand that, compared to other recordings, this tape is pretty weak, but let's keep things in perspective. It's a miracle we ever heard the Dead, and an even greater miracle we can still hear them.
Thank G-d for the Dead every day!
Reviewer: jaarthur1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 13, 2009
Subject: My first concert
This was my first concert I ever went to and it has stuck with me all these years. The openning act was Cold Blood with Lydia Pense and the blues that she belted out set the stage nicely for The Dead. By the time The Grateful Dead had come on stage I was well on my way to electric psychedelia as we had eaten our LSD on the way to the concert. I remember Garcia playing on the left side of the stage and when he sang Black Peter, the emotion and passion was incredible. I remember Bobby had some trouble with his monitor and ended up putting his boot through the speaker and then they brought out a new one for him. It's too bad that there isn't a good solid recording that really shows the power and emotion of this show but I am glad that at least we have this.
Reviewer: mikeyank99 - favorite - May 31, 2009
Subject: aud?
just my opinion but if jerry was still alive i think every show would be ready to download if i went out and brought everything they come out with i would be broke u dont need no more money bobby
Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 29, 2008
Subject: The Other Other One
We are all intimately familiar with the 2-13-70 version. I respectfully submit that this performance lacks some of the wonderful subtlety of that show but makes up for it with sheer balls to the wall intensity. If only a soundboard were surface. That said, you CAN get there from here but it may take more than a bottle of budweiser. Some of the audience reactions themselves have merit. In particular, there is a moment after the first verse of The Other One where the band hits a peak (the ascent starts around 3:55 into the track) and Garcia, at the plateau, riffs out this howling note that a dude in the audience emulates more or less exactly, invoking similar reactions among his "friends" nearby.


Deadheads were and always will be freaks of the highest order.
Reviewer: lemon lime partridge - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 17, 2007
Subject: gotta listen/download
wow, this is only the second AUD i've braved (the other being june 14, 68 @ fillmore east)... but it's amazing! jerry's voice really sounds pretty and the whole show is highly listenable and intense. this actually might be my new favorite "black peter". when the crowd starts screaming at the beginning of "good lovin" i want to jump up and down and scream too...pig steals this show big time. i can't even deduct a star for sound sounds fine & this is really beautiful stuff!
Reviewer: Little Nemo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2006
Subject: Yeah!
yes, the section beginning NFA -> Drums really shreds. the band has outrageous energy. the AUD recording, especially during Lovelight, reveals that then as now there were people in the audience who were so dumb (or f**ked up) they thought a GD performance might be a good time to have an inane conversation with their friends. between comments they scream loudly. if I was the taper (trailblazing soul) I would have knocked them unconscious with my gear. still worth hearing, which tells you something about the performance. the drummers are ON!
Reviewer: williscat2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 5, 2006
Subject: great jams
sound quality not the best, but well worth the listen. Very enjoyable jamming and diverse setlist.
Reviewer: humandonkey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2006
Subject: prime & primal
let me start by saying that if there was a sbd of this show in existance, there would probably be about 30 reviews already, probably along the lines of "dude, this show rulez!!!", etc... well, it DOES fucking rule, aside from some obvious sonic limitations... but see, that the thing... it's a goddamn audience tape from 1970! of course it's gonna sound funky... if you can't wrap yr head around looking beyond some pops, crackles, some dudes screaming, clapping, bumped mics and so forth, there are tons o' boards on this here site to stream yr lil' wiener into a knot if you so desire.
oh, the show?... a very nice "black peter" eases you into the action nice and slow, but they kick up the pace big-time by "china > rider"... it's now one of my favorite versions from this year, with an exceptionally hot transition jam... the "high time" is certainly "epic", as an earlier reviewer stated, but it seems like such a tease now that i've listened to this show a bunch of times, because the jams that follow (i'm excluding the virtually non-existant snippet of "dire"...) are definitely the meat of the show. and on this night, the dead came out swingin' some BIG fuckin' meat, if you dig... I really can't say enough about how heavy this all gets... you get dropped right in the middle of an absolutely BLISTERING "not fade away", jerry and phil combining into one vicious, jamming, freaked-out freakatoid. mickey and billy stomp into "drums" like a zulu tribe drunk on wild boar's blood... mr. lesh machine-guns' the intro into "good lovin'", and you can tell the crowd is fucking ELECTRIC... this is real shit. well, our favorite band is time-travelling by this point & they slam warp-speed into "the other one"... garcia's lines are mind-numbingly fast and pissed off sounding... just fucking crazy!... back into "not fade away" once more just because it HAS to happen this way (pre-ordained or something...), galloping like the 5 ton wild horse that they are, and then.... one of theee most ball-shredding "lovelight"'s that these ears have ever had the pleasure of hearing (keep in mind folks, i'm still listening to an AUD!!!(shocking but true...)... pigpen delivers like a MAN on this night, and the rest of the guys are playing like f'in studs.... a classic ending to what should be a classic show... take some time and enjoy this one. you deserve it.

show - five stars (easily...)
sound - 3.5 stars (not the best, but not even close to "unbearable" or "unlistenable")
Reviewer: direwolf600 - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 18, 2006
Subject: Don't pay attention to below reviews
It is an average quality recording, but more than listenable, especially considering the quality of this period in the dead's history. 1970 is a year that gets so often overlooked. 69 is over, 71 was up and down to say the least and 72...well ya know. Thing of it is, that for most of 1970 the dead were forging forward full speed ahead and playing with unbelievable ferocity everynight. This show is a good example of that. The Lovelight is big. 1970 was the best year for lovelight, hands down. And to the 3/9 poster, if you think GDP has money lying around, I have an invitation for you. It's a one week pass, to take your head out of your a** and learn a thing or two about why they did this. Did you hear Ramrod died yesterday? Did you know they had to fire him a few months back b/c they were out of money? Didn't think so.
Sound - 5.75/10
Playing - 9/10
Show - 7.5/10
Reviewer: tamedturtle - favoritefavorite - March 9, 2006
Subject: I dont know
Middle of the road show nothing all that impressive i dont know about the sdbs i guess a few million arent enough for those old bastards since they r now releasing these shows as digital dead on itunes for a nominal fee of $15.99 everytime anyone coughs,spits,shits grateful or dead they probably get a buck how much more money do they want now? what happened to the love of music and the encouragement of giving away a piece of it? the answers simple it was hoax, just as it always was a hoax. now they r just laughing all the way to the bank. i still love the music
Reviewer: Phillydeadhead - favorite - November 23, 2005
Subject: what happened
to all the boards on this site?
Reviewer: CFD6149 - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2005
Subject: enjoyable
Listened to this one last night, back porch, fire, beers. Once you listen to the music instead of the recording you will find this to be a hot show. The good lovin' smokes, the NFA ends with the boys going nuts. Worth the blanks for sure.
Reviewer: dms - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2005
Subject: China > Rider > High Time
This is an excellent sounding room tape for the time period. Quite possibly the most epic "High Time" ever played. Check it out.
Reviewer: besht2003 - favorite - October 1, 2004
Subject: Annoying audience tape
A vbr sampling indicates the sound quality is very poor and the audience's reactions clearer than the band's playing. Hanno's notes tells us that his and Ule Teute's archive of 69-70 shows is "3rd or 4th generation AUD tapes" and a generation ago these would have been very nice and valuable. But there is just much better material out today, from Dick's Picks, to this network, to, PtoP, etc.
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